Brad Pitt 'hit in the face' by attacker at screening for Angelina Jolie film

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 May, 2014, 12:45pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 May, 2014, 1:17pm


A man struck actor Brad Pitt in the face while he was signing autographs at the Hollywood premiere of a film starring partner Angelina Jolie, police said.

Pitt, a Golden Globe-winning actor, was at the premiere of "Maleficent", at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, California, when the man leaped over a fence and hit him, said Sergeant Leonard Calderon of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Pitt was not seriously hurt and authorities quickly subdued the man, who was arrested for misdemeanour battery and remained in police custody yesterday evening (local time), Calderon said.

Pitt soon resumed signing autographs.

"The officers who were handling him said it looked like it was intentional, but at this point, it remains to be determined," Calderon said.

The suspect did not appear to be armed and investigators had not yet interviewed him to determine a motive, Calderon said. 

A man was led away in handcuffs after attacking Brad Pitt on the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the movie Maleficent.

Witnesses saw the man from the fan area jump over a barrier to the red carpet and rush at Pitt before security guards wrestled the man across the barrier and called police.

Pitt kept greeting fans and walked into the cinema.

Phone and e-mail messages for representatives for Pitt and Disney were not immediately returned, and police had no immediate information on the man or the incident.